Argentina’s ‘Under-25’ B-team played a friendly in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, and got thumped 4-1 by a home side who looked infinitely more up for the match than their visitors. A side captained by Pablo Zabaleta were 3-0 down at half time and only got a consolation from the penalty spot after a farcical decision in the 98th (!) minute. A significant number of bets had been placed on a 4-1 scoreline, and in the 87th minute in-play betting sites were still offering odds-on for a fifth goal, even though Argentina looked shot and Nigeria uninterested in adding to the rout. I should point out that I’ve heard all of this from UK-based users on Twitter; absolutely no-one in the Argentine press is claiming the game was rigged. But take a look on this video at the penalty Argentina were given at the death, and let me know what you think…
International friendly, 1st June 2011: Nigeria 4 – 1 Argentina
The penalty from which Nigeria make it 2-0 is dubious enough, but the one Argentina were awarded late on was apparently given for hand ball. Seriously.
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